VA-QUARTER CUTTING AND HAROLD AND KUMAR
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By Behindwoods Visitor Vignesh Manthrachalam
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Kudos to Pushkar, Gayatri and the production team for making out of box films and introducing new genre to Tamil film industry. I have watched Va quarter cutting and also their previous film Oram Po (Auto) .Kudos to their efforts. Their trailer making skills are extraordinary. The moment we watch their trailer, curiosity starts building up. Even the Oram Po trailer was brilliant as both of them have developed their cues from advertising industry the trailers are far far better than the movie in itself.

I have also watched the English version of Va and I write below a few comparisons and the differences.

Harold and Kumar travel to new castle (2004) Vs Va quarter cutting (2010) :Va is an adaptation of Harold & Kumar from Hollywood. In the latter Harold Lee and Kumar Patel are two stoners who
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end up getting the Burgers. What they crave the most after seeing a TV advertisement, is a trip to White Castle. So from here, follows a journey for the burgers they require. On their way they will encounter many obstacles including a raccoon, a racist officer, and a horny Neil Patrick Harris.

In Va, it is Mirchi Siva and SPB Charan who go around Chennai city looking out for quarter liquor and on their way they encounter a politician, a female police officer and our very own john Vijay in dual roles. Except the climax and the gambling scenes which is an adaptation of Guy Ritchie's ‘Lock, stock and two smoking barrels’, the rest of Va's structural screenplay is from Harold and Kumar.

Now both these Hollywood flicks are bone tickling in its own ways. Harold and Kumar was an American movie with an Indian (Kal Pen) and Korean (John Cho) actors as the two main protagonists. Now the casting itself was cautious and funny in this movie. Gags in Harold and Kumar are simple and they don't demand brains or logics. Two sequels have already been made after its success. Lock stock is more of an underworld mafia story and it’s a dark humor flick. I enjoyed the movie for its brilliant screenplay and its humor.

Coming back to our own VA the movie had very few moments that had me in splits. Shiva did not suit the bill with the Coimbatore slang. Shiva is at his best when he uses the Chennai slang. Remember these both paired in their last outing Saroja? Hilarious and stupendous, both of them had me in splits all over the movie. But I strongly felt something was missing in Va. The screen play should have been tighter. Addition of Lekha Washington's role to deliver audience a message was deliberate and it was shown whereas in Harold and Kumar the racism issue was the message and it was handled in a very delicate manner and it was humorous. More work has to go in to screenplay and humor to get more audience watching this kind of movie. I wish to see the sequels to this version very soon with sharper screenplays and humor.

I once again thank the directors and the makers of the films for these kinds of films.
Kudos.

REGARDS
Vignesh Manthrachalam.
shriharivignesh@yahoo.co.uk
Tags : VA - Quarter Cutting, Shiva, Lekha Washington, SPB Charan, Pushkar-Gayatri, GV Prakash Kumar

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